Where can future brides and grooms sample a piece of Sylvia Weinstock cake, admire the latest Vera Wang couture wedding gown, and get Bobbi Brown beauty tips, all under one roof? At venues from Los Angeles to New York, where Wedding Salon founder, Tatiana Byron, has organized a one-day luxury wedding showcase boasting some of the top vendors in the industry, introducing big-day ideas from top area vendors such as The Registry at Bloomingdale's, AMResorts, Lancome at Bergdorf Goodman, The Container Store, Magnolia Photo Booth, and celebrity wedding experts. Each event is designed to make attendees feel like guests at a sophisticated wedding, only the fellow partygoers might be celebrity wedding planners David Tutera or Colin Cowie, or dessert connoisseurs from Carlo?s Bakery ?the bakery behind TLC?s Cake Boss.
Byron has been cultivating her all-star connections for more than a decade. After working at Turner Broadcasting System and directing sales, marketing, and production for a trade-show company, she created her own planning company, 4pm Events. Byron began coordinating parties for famous faces including Joan Rivers, Mary J. Blige, and Lionel Richie?no easy task, given the limited number of vendors willing to build dance floors on the ceiling. Byron went on to create Wedding Salon expos to give future brides a taste of celebrity-caliber elegance. She also offers educational wedding boot camps that help duos avoid hidden costs and learn tips for planning their special day. Byron's services have been highlighted in numerous media, including features in the New York Times, the New York Post, and Fortune Small Business.
The building that now houses Eleven Bar and Nightclub had an austere beginning in 1922 as the First National Bank of Sherman. This fact is surprising in light of the swooping lasers and dance music that characterize the club today. However, the building still preserves the vintage grandeur of its roots; exposed brick and tall, arched windows surround those on the dance floor, while a more intimate scene awaits guests in the second-floor lounge, where a double-sided fireplace keeps things cozy. After its stint as a bank, the building became a sound studio, recording tracks for the likes of Cher, Prince, and Donna Summer. This piece of history was more in line with current owner Richard Grossi's vision: a club and restaurant where crowds could jam to a different genre each night. Today, the calendar at Eleven brims with renowned promoters and recurring events throughout the week. Spontaneous reenactments of favorite Broadway numbers take place on Musical Mondays, whereas Tuesday nights mean games of Mexican-style bingo, or loteria, in addition to sets by DJs and concert ticket giveaways. Rather than deliver their 25 oz. drinks as a pyramid of stacked shot glasses, bartenders here craft cocktails in "mega" glasses. They also stir-up fresh margaritas with ingredients such as cucumbers, jalapenos, and agave nectar—refreshing complements to lobster enchiladas, shortribs in house-made mole sauce, and contemporary American eats on the food menu.
With a stay at Petit Ermitage in West Hollywood (Beverly Hills - West Hollywood), you'll be minutes from Whiskey a Go Go and close to Grauman's Chinese Theatre. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Museum of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Paley Center for Media.
Make yourself at home in one of the 80 air-conditioned rooms featuring fireplaces and flat-screen televisions. Your bed comes with down comforters, down blankets, and Egyptian cotton sheets. Windows open to city and garden views. Kitchenettes are outfitted with refrigerators and espresso makers. Premium TV channels and iPod docking stations are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities including an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness facility. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include limo/town car service, a computer station, and business services. Event facilities at this hotel consist of small meeting rooms, banquet facilities, and exhibit space.
In 1991, the surprise discovery of a Lomo Kompakt Automat?a compact Russian camera?in a Vienna shop struck inspiration into a group of local students; they reveled in the shadowy corners, lo-fi graininess, saturated colors, and light-leaks that riddled its photos. The group traveled to the camera's birthplace in St. Petersburg to meet with the original manufacturers at the Lomo PLC factory, and forge a contract for global distribution. Over the next 20 years, the students' venture expanded into Lomography, a global company that develops experimental cameras and accessories and operates stores in 17 countries.
Whether on gallery shop shelves in an online store, Lomography boasts full-size and compact analog cameras, many in hues such as bright blue, green, and goldenrod. Classic cult picture-takers such as the Diana F+, Lomo Kino, and Lomo LC-A+ join experimental eight-frame and fish-eye cameras, pocket cameras, and kinoscopes. Accessories such as flash, wide-angle lens, and fish-eye lens attachments, and a line of darkroom equipment, spur creative exploration and provide justification for annexing the shadiest corners of the basement. Lomography fuels its cameras with film types such as 35mm, 120 medium format, and instant that can be developed at professional studios or through its online development services. The store also compiles photography books and city guides, and fashion such as shirts, bags, and button sets.
The circumstances that led Johnny Ray to open Private Practice Carino Massage are peculiar, to say the least. It began when an airplane crashed into Johnny's Hollywood apartment building in 2003. It got worse when he suffered a three-story fall as a result of that crash. It got better, physically, when Johnny sustained emergency surgery and took time off from his job as a certified massage therapist to recover. And it got better, spiritually, when he used that time off to visit a healer in his family's home country of El Salvador. The healer's Mayan and Pipil techniques restored Johnny's sense of holistic alignment and gave him a new perspective on the role that bodywork treatments could play in helping clients find relief from pain.
With over 26 years of experience, the one-on-one private treatments at Carino Massage combine these ancient Mesoamerican techniques with modern modalities, including Swedish, reflexology, and shiatsu methods. In addition to using his palms, knuckles, and fingers to soothe tense musculature with the help of water-based, hypoallergenic lotions, Johnny Ray also leads clients through a series of integrated breathing exercises that promote a state of calm, introspective focus. These treatments share the common goal of alleviating stress, although Johnny Ray takes care to modify each session so that he is better able to address each client's particular needs.
In 1947, owners Mel Weiss and Harold Dobbs assembled a staff of 14 carhops to serve passing motorists at the first Mel's Drive-In. For the next two decades, customers partial to automobile dining flocked to the chain’s 11 California locations, eager to wash down grass-fed half-pound burgers with thick milk shakes. As fast-food outlets outpaced the drive-in's once-speedy service, its popularity declined, and it was eventually scheduled for demolition. The building got a temporary reprieve, however, when filmmaker George Lucas decided to use the drive-in's original location on Lombard Street as the colorful backdrop for his film American Graffiti. As bulldozers destroyed the last remnants of the historic drive-in, American Graffiti opened in theaters.
A decade later, though, Mel's son Steven reopened Mel's Drive-In in an attempt to carry on his father's dream. Steven restored the drive-in's multiple locations to mirror their original motif by stocking each with midcentury must-haves such as illuminated marquees, jukeboxes, and Elvis-themed WiFi passwords. The drive-in’s menu, meanwhile, balances period-appropriate fare, such as hot dogs and burgers, with healthy options, such as the Haven’s Famous vegetarian sandwich, two slices of nine-grain bread topped with avocado, sprouts, and tomatoes.